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Meritor’s New Trucks “The NV of the Competition”

LAS VEGAS, NEV—“The competition is out there right now, taking pictures of our truck!”

The speaker? The exuberant Terry Livingston, Meritor’s manager, Global Product Management and Shared Services, Aftermarket & Trailer.

The context?  Livingston was boasting about Meritor’s two new Nissan NV3500s that will deliver product and systems education to warehouse people, garages and even fleets throughout Canada and the U.S.A.

Meritor made the announcement during the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Conference in Las Vegas. One of the Nissan high-roof trucks that the competition was photographing (according to Livingston) was on display in the conference product show.

“We’ve been hearing loud and clear that our customers — the warehouse distributors, OE dealers and fleets — want more product education,” said Rick Martin, senior manager, aftermarket training, Meritor. “During the first 12 months, training will focus on braking systems, which will help the industry manage through changes and new demands.”

The vehicle displayed in Meritor’s booth will begin brief training sessions at customer locations after the show concludes. The second vehicle has already begun its scheduled visits to customers. Livingston also told journalists that the company will likely add more trucks to the fleet if the demand is sufficient.

A training schedule will be released in early February.

Training will cover regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The curriculum will include an overview of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 121) stopping distance requirements, reduced stopping distance regulations and the new compliance and safety accountability (CSA) structure. 

Both trucks are equipped with video monitors and working air systems boards, as well as actual brake hardware. For hands-on training purposes, each van will have actual cam and air disc brake hardware, friction and wheel ends, air valves, air dryers, Meritor WABCO stability control systems, electronic diagnostics, automatic traction control, anti-lock brakes and collision mitigation systems.

For maximum effectiveness, the company will offer two styles of training sessions:

• City-wide training with two three-hour sessions covering eight distinct brake subjects at hotels in select major cities, conducted by Rick Martin
• One-on-one clinics at fleets, dealerships and warehouse distributor locations across the United States and Canada, conducted by DriveForce district managers.

CYA WITH CSA

Meritor also used the HDAW conference to announce a program designed to help fleets deal effectively with CSA.

The company launched an educational campaign to help truck operators  understand how the company’s aftermarket brake products and automatic tire inflation parts enhance safety and improve their ability to comply with federal regulations.

Meritor’s aftermarket team will share this message with truck operators in a free informational kit and industry advertising. The goal is to assure trucking companies of all sizes that they’re using the right parts to ensure proper vehicle stopping power and minimize or eliminate specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violations.

“We want to help truck operators safeguard their drivers, vehicles, productivity and business by making sure their brakes and tires are up to regulatory standards,” said Livingston.

 
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